Some things are just shameless pleasures. Not guilty, just shameless. Think of buying overly expensive shoes that you’ll use only three times a year (I never do that. I swear.) or watching three movies on the same sunday. Or having a scone….and then having another one. It’s that tiny instant in your head of ohwellwhocares that lets you do this kind of thing and precisely that little voice in my head which yesterday said “It’s ok, you’ve had breakfast, but that was way back at 7 am, and look at the terrace now, it’s so sunny and summer-y, wouldn’t you like to brunch out there? Of course you would….now go do it” And I of course, being extremely obedient, did. It’s not like I ate a whole dish of baked eggs at 11:30 in the morning on my own right? Oh. Wait. It totally is. Butwhocares. This dish is so delicious I’d gladly do the same every other day of the week. Besides, baked eggs are something I always forget, and I shouldn’t because they’re so easy and good and healthy (that’s of course when you don’t bathe them in cream) and easy to mix and match with whatever ingredients you have in the fridge…. Anyway, here is my shamelessly delicious recipe, with loads of cream, cheese, tomato and basil. Read more to find it.
Baked eggs in creamy goat cheese sauce
2 fresh eggs
3/4 cups diced tomatoes
1 slice turkey ham
2 tbsp. fresh minced basil
2 slices of bread of your choice
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella or similar cheese
For the sauce:
1/3 – 1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
4 tbsp soft natural goat cheese
Freshly ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. After about 5 minutes, pop in your baking dish to preheat it (I like to do this other wise the eggs will take longer to cook and you’ll end up with cooked yolks and stiff whites) While its in the oven, prepare the sauce by whisking together the goat cheese and heavy cream, and adding milk until you have a sauce like consistency, thin enough to be poured but not too thick (think a thick bechamel). Season heavily with salt and pepper.
Take your hot dish from the oven and layer as follows: bread (cut it to fill you dish evenly), ham, tomatoes, basil, and eggs. (try to place the yolks in the center without breaking them) Pour the sauce over this and then top with the shredded cheese. Bake for 10 -12 minutes, depending on how done you like your eggs.